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Pennsylvania briefs

April 29, 2010

J. Frank Faust Junior High librarian wins grant to buy laptops



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- J. Frank Faust Junior High School librarian Katie Miller recently applied for and won a grant that will be used to buy laptops for the school.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $25,000 through the Division of Commonwealth Libraries, according to Chambersburg Area School District spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood.

The grant was part of the federal Library Services and Technology Act, Rockwood said.

In addition to 20 laptops, the grant will be used for a printer and LCD projector.

The school board recognized Miller's achievement on Wednesday.

Land development plans submitted for Levi Plaza



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Land development plans have been submitted for Levi Plaza, the possible future site of a Food Lion being developed west of Waynesboro.

On behalf of Timber Development Corp. of Longwood, Fla., BH&D Engineering submitted plans to Washington Township, Pa. A cover sheet identifies the project as having a 25,000-square-foot grocery story and two retail buildings.

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The plaza would be built on six acres near the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club.

The Washington Township Zoning Hearing Board on Monday delayed its decision about buffer requirements that are affected by easements at the property.

Chambersburg Area School Board reviews budget information



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Area School Board briefly reviewed information about the 2010-11 budget this week in anticipation of adopting a final version May 12.

The district is trying to finalize the budget before the state's June 30 deadline because it wants to shift employees for the coming year, school officials said.

Property owners are facing a 5.5 percent real estate tax increase associated with the $105.4 million budget.

On Wednesday, the district's Act 93 employees reached an agreement with the school board saying they'll go without raises for 2010-11. The agreement also extends their contracts by a year, district spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said.

Act 93 includes administrators who don't have their own contracts, such as the superintendent. Rockwood said about 40 people are included.

CASD officials host bond auction



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg Area School District officials hosted a bond auction Wednesday afternoon for the final high school construction payment.

The bonds represent the final $15 million of the school's $74 million in renovations and expansion, district spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said.

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